A 22-year-old man stabbed to death by a five strong gang on a quiet south east London street has been named as Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez
Mr Azeez was murdered in broad daylight at 12.30pm on Sunday in Anerley, south east London.
He died half an hour later despite efforts from paramedics.
Mr Azeez of Dagenham in east London was the 121st person to be murdered in the capital and the fourth of five people to have been stabbed since Halloween.
Ayodeji’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at Princess Royal Hospital Mortuary today.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, leading the investigation, said: “This attack took place in the middle of the day, in broad daylight in a residential street.
“It goes without saying that this incident would have stood out in what would normally have been a quiet environment.
“It appears that four or five male suspects were involved in the attack; both they and Ayodeji were seen to run into Samos Road from Grace Mews.
“By this point Ayodeji had been attacked. The suspects fled in one direction while Ayodeji went the other way before he collapsed.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area on Sunday afternoon and saw this attack, or the events surrounding the attack, to come forward and speak to police.
“This includes trying to establish if anyone was with Ayodeji when he was attacked.
“My officers are making progress as to why Ayodeji was in the area, why he came to be attacked and who was responsible for his murder, but we need information from the public to assist us in keeping the momentum of this investigation moving forward.”
Two men, aged 19 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday, November 4.
Both have been released under investigation.
By Grainne Cuffe